Everyone's vote should be equal when electing the president, no matter where they live. FairVote is a leader in the campaign to establish a national popular vote for president, and recommends that political parties establish a schedule and rules to promote all states having a meaningful vote in nomination contests.

California Legislators Call for Citizens Assembly on Electoral Systems
Bipartisan support for citizens to consider putting proportional voting on ballot
British Columbia Citizens AssemblyRepublican and Democratic lawmakers alike are citing the need for broad reforms, such as proportional voting, to overhaul the state's broken electoral system. Members of the California Assembly plan to introduce legislation in 2006 that would create a representative body of 80 citizens from all over the state to study election problems. The citizens would make recommendations that would either be adopted legislatively or submitted as a ballot initiative to face voters.

FairVote has long advocated such a plan for California, as it would avoid the accusations of partisan motivations that clung to all sides of the recent redistricting reform debate.

The bipartisan proposal for a citizens assembly also received early support from California's New America Foundation, which pushed for a similar model based on the success an assembly in British Columbia. There, the assembly ultimately recommended choice voting.

[ Article on the proposed citizens assembly ]
[ Article on the legislation ]
[ FairVote's Proposal for a California citizens assembly ]
[ Information on the British Columbia citizens assembly ]
[ Bill information for ACA 28/Citizens Assembly on Electoral Systems Act ]


Fuzzy Math Report

Presidential Elections Inequality Report
August 10th 2009
Commentary: A cure for the political nomination process
Cleveland Plain Dealer

FairVote's Rob Richie and Paul Fidalgo offer a way to give everyone a say in presidential nominations while retaining the valuable state-by-state evaluation process. This piece also ran in McClatchy's newswire.

July 13th 2009
Albatross of U.S. democracy
Indianapolis Star

FairVote research is cited in support of the National Popular Vote plan in Indiana, because "every vote cast for president should be equally important and equally coveted, whether it originates in California, Connecticut or Crawfordsville."

July 9th 2009
Winner-take-all can elect a second-place president
San Diego Union-Tribune

The founder of National Popular Vote lays out the shortcomings and injustices of the Electoral College system, and shows why the National Popular Vote plan is the right solution.

May 17th 2009
Why states should adopt the National Popular Vote plan for president
San Diego Union-Tribune

FairVote's Rob Richie writes that the Electoral College deepens political inequality, and explains why the National Popular Vote plan is our best opportunity to ensure that every vote for president is equally valued.

May 14th 2009
Let's Make Every Vote Count
The Nation

Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of the Nation magazine, highlights FairVote's research in an important piece on the "broad support" growing in the states for the National Popular Vote plan to elect the president.